OKLAHOMA CITY -- An anti-abortion bill amended to define embryos as human beings passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon following a long and bitter debate.
Senate Bill 1848, which also sets additional restrictions on the operation of abortion clinics, passed 75-15 and was returned to the Senate for consideration of the House amendment.
That amendment essentially embodied the so-called "personhood" bill that House leadership refused to bring to the floor two years ago. It virtually outlaws embryonic stem cell research in the state. More practically, it would require that embryos frozen for in vitro fertilization must be maintained in perpetuity.